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Trump, Pence: How to Best Take Them On - Part 4

Trump, Pence: How to Best Take Them On - Part 4

By Dennis Loo (6/29/17)

As I wrote last time, there are three basic truths that apply here, if you want to actually do something, and not just vent.

Not that venting is wrong necessarily, but it will only get your frustrations out, and we want to win.

Not win in the way that Trump means it, but actually triumph. If that is what you want to do, then listen up:

Like anything else worth doing - such as winning an NBA championship, winning a Grand Slam in tennis, or ending up defeating your rivals in debate, or any other arena, at any level, you have to make sacrifices and you have to want to win more than your rivals. Hasn't this always been true - that those things worth doing, require sacrifices and tremendous effort? What is easy and requires little to no risk is correspondingly not worth much.

It isn't just a matter of winning either, because not only do we want to win, but we want to do so in a way that validates who we are and what we stand for, in sharp contrast to those in charge now and their system, which they personify

Trump was the champion for those who felt left out - except that he, of course, was lying about what he is. He has lied about what he is all of his life, to himself and to others. Like when he has said, many times, "I'm, like, a smart person." Millions wanted so badly to finally win that they were willing to overlook very obvious and very serious Trump shortcomings, hoping and praying that these things, as bad as they were, paled in comparison to being a winner. Many of his supporters had to be willfully blind, and they had to hate his rival with a virulence, and most of all, they were hemmed in by a mistaken belief that this system does everything to promote: that your only choice politically is to choose the Democrat or the Republican nominee. Or at least, it means something, even a little, which it doesn't. Voting, as a button I once saw said, would be made illegal if it did anything. 

As I also wrote in Part 3 of this series, quoting a GOP pollster himself, Occupy (which was led by anarchists, both a strength and a major weakness) threatened the system because its handpainted signs and various protest actions changed the way people thought about capitalism, so that is why the Democrats, led by that champion of the people, Obama, had to sweep Occupy away.

"Whew! That was close." A rag-tag band made up of a mix of homeless people and professionals and all kinds in between, had to be violently suppressed, because it was changing how a majority thought about this system and its blatant unfairness. I will say that again: capitalism's BLATANT UNFAIRNESS. 

You see, most people see this but they need help and they need to be shaken up some, and a portion even derive some petty (and not so petty) benefits from that unfairness, which goes to the core of what this country has always been about. From early on, white skin and male privilege is closely tied to what makes America what it has been. It won't do just to elect again the other party and see if they do any better. That has been tried over and over again. 

There are people who feel this in their bones and if that isn't enough, then another day goes by, and cops cold-bloodedly kill more black and brown people, to remind us of [say it with me] this system's BLATANT UNFAIRNESS.

One of the lies they teach you is that the strong (the authorities) will just vanquish the others (us); that you can't fight the power and it's useless to try.

Any close reading of history will tell you that very often - especially if we use our own methods and not theirs - that the underdogs win. I would rather be on the side that has the high ground morally, facts on its side, and that eventually will win. But you got to be willing to lose, if you have the right attitude. Because despite what you may have heard, how you win is just important as winning. We are not in this just for a moral defeat and to say I made a good try but failed. We want to and for humanity's sake, need to win. What about you? 

I am going to end this segment from an excerpt from an earlier 2014 article:

In responding to that, I am first going to excerpt from a July 14, 1956 talk by Mao Zedong, the Chinese communist revolutionary who led the Chinese people in the 1949 communist revolution that freed China from foreign imperialism and domestic allies of imperialism such as the KMT leader Chang Kai-Shek. Subsequent to Mao’s death in 1976, a group of counter-revolutionaries masking themselves as Mao’s true inheritors and led by Deng Xiao-Peng, seized power in a coup d’etat. China was gradually converted from a socialist country into a state capitalist one.

Mao was speaking to two Latin American public figures.

Now U.S. imperialism is quite powerful, but in reality it isn't. It is very weak politically because it is divorced from the masses of the people and is disliked by everybody and by the American people too. In appearance it is very powerful but in reality it is nothing to be afraid of, it is a paper tiger. Outwardly a tiger, it is made of paper, unable to withstand the wind and the rain. I believe the United States is nothing but a paper tiger.

History as a whole, the history of class society for thousands of years, has proved this point: the strong must give way to the weak. This holds true for the Americas as well. Only when imperialism is eliminated can peace prevail. The day will come when the paper tigers will be wiped out. But they won't become extinct of their own accord, they need to be battered by the wind and the rain.

When we say U.S. imperialism is a paper tiger, we are speaking in terms of strategy. Regarding it as a whole, we must despise it. But regarding each part, we must take it seriously. It has claws and fangs. We have to destroy it piecemeal. For instance, if it has ten fangs, knock off one the first time, and there will be nine left, knock off another, and there will be eight left. When all the fangs are gone, it will still have claws. If we deal with it step by step and in earnest, we will certainly succeed in the end.

Strategically, we must utterly despise U.S. imperialism. Tactically, we must take it seriously. In struggling against it, we must take each battle, each encounter, seriously. At present, the United States is powerful, but when looked at in a broader perspective, as a whole and from a long-term viewpoint, it has no popular support, its policies are disliked by the people, because it oppresses and exploits them. For this reason, the tiger is doomed. Therefore, it is nothing to be afraid of and can be despised. But today the United States still has strength, turning out more than 100 million tons of steel a year and hitting out everywhere. That is why we must continue to wage struggles against it, fight it with all our might and wrest one position after another from it. And that takes time.

It seems that the countries of the Americas, Asia and Africa will have to go on quarrelling with the United States till the very end, till the paper tiger is destroyed by the wind and the rain.

 

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